Mini Poll: Gas(p) Prices


With which one of these statements about the environment and energy production do you more agree:

Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and coal -- which the United States produces.

OR,

Development of U.S. energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and coal -- should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent.


Protecting the environment is the priority:
 54%
Maintaining adequate and affordable energy supplies is the priority:
 46%

 


Thinking about the cost of gasoline right now, would you say the country is in a state of crisis, has major problems, has minor problems, or has no problems at all?


Crisis:
 15%
Major problems:
 46%
Minor problems:
 30%
No problem at all:
 4%
Que sera, sera:
 5%

 


Who or what do you think is most to blame for the recent spike in gas prices?


Oil and gas companies:
 27%
Oil exporting nations:
 4%
Driving habits:
 5%
Political unrest in some countries in the Middle East:
 16%
Congress:
 2%
Obama Administration:
 17%
Environmental regulations:
 1%
Speculators:
 27%

 


Based on the recent rise in gas prices, would you say you have or have not done each of the following things:


Cut back significantly on how much I drive when it isn’t absolutely necessary


Have:
 52%
Have not:
 48%


Seriously considered getting a more fuel-efficient car the next time I buy a vehicle


Have:
 56%
Have not:
 44%


Cut back significantly on my household spending because of higher gas prices


Have:
 33%
Have not:
 67%


Changed my vacation plans


Have:
 33%
Have not:
 67%


Bought a scooter


Have:
 4%
Have not:
 96%


Started riding my bike, walking, or taking public transportation more


Have:
 22%
Have not:
 78%


Joined a car pool to get to work or school


Have:
 2%
Have not:
 98%


 


Do you wash your car less frequently now than when gas was less expensive?


Yes:
 27%
No:
 73%

 


Have you delayed repairs to your car because of the increased expense of gasoline?


Yes:
 19%
No:
 81%

 


Have you recently found yourself thinking that your trip would be cheaper if you didn’t have passengers?


Yes:
 7%
No:
 93%

 


If gas prices made your commute too expensive, which of the following options would be you be more likely to take:


Look for a job closer to my home:
 49%
Look for a home closer to my job:
 51%

 


Which would WORRY you more: if gas prices rose significantly but you could buy gas whenever you wanted to without waiting in long lines, or if gas prices remained steady but you had to wait in long lines to buy gas or could only buy it on certain days?:


Higher prices/no wait:
 41%
Prices the same/waiting:
 59%

 


Do you think oil companies as a whole make too much in profits, not enough in profits, or a reasonable amount in profits?


Too much:
 75%
Not enough:
 1%
Reasonable amount:
 24%

 


US Senator Claire McCaskill has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that refiners are cutting back on gasoline stockpiles to keep gas prices high. Do you agree with the senator’s request?


Yes:
 84%
No:
 16%

 


US Senator Claire McCaskill has asked President Obama to release oil from the United States Strategic Reserve. Do you agree with the senator’s request?


Yes:
 48%
No:
 52%

 


US Senator Claire McCaskill has supported construction of the southern leg of its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Do you agree with the senator’s position?


Yes:
 63%
No:
 37%

 


What grade would you give US Senator Claire McCaskill for her positions regarding gas prices?


A:
 18%
B:
 33%
C:
 27%
D:
 9%
F:
 8%
Incomplete:
 6%

 


Have you heard anything from US Senator Claire McCaskill’s potential November opponents about higher gas prices?


Yes:
 14%
Yes, but not much:
 10%
No:
 51%
I don’t know who her opponents are:
 25%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.